November 11, 2012 Subject:
Fair print, Good Sound, Good Story, B-Film Acting
The print is fair; it's slightly blurry and the color could be richer, but it's not bad at all. Very good sound. Good adventure story and the Mohawks are portrayed as reasonable human beings instead of mindless, violent savages.
Acting is so-so, except for one notable actress: the beautiful and skilled Rita Gam, as the Iroquois Chief's daughter, Oneida. This highly under-rated (in America) Broadway and film actress pulled the movie through and made it worth watching. She has the athletic body of a classical dancer and the skill of a classically trained actor and it shows in this B movie. And oh what gams. She turns 85 this year (2012). Thank you, Rita. And thank you, Internet Archive.
I really enjoyed this early American / Colonial frontiersman film, which was released in 1956. Of course, it's not as good as Gary Cooper's "Unconquered" or Henry Fonda's "Drums Along the Mohawk" (aka "DAtM"), but those two films are exceptional. But "Mohawk" is indeed a very entertaining film in its own right. I was very pleased to find "Mohawk" in the first place because there just aren't a lot of feature films, from any era, that cover the colonial frontier period or the French and Indian War or even the Revolutionary War. In addition to the three movies listed above for this genre, the only others I can recall are John Wayne's "Fighting Kentuckian" and Mel Gibson's "The Patriot". In regard to this here "Mohawk" movie, you might find it interesting, if you look close enough during the second half of the film, that you'll find a few stock-type scenes from "DAtM" that have been spliced in, such as parts of the Indian foot chase, parts of the marching of the reinforcements towards the fort, and parts of the Indians inside the fort who come crashing through a boarded up window. These are not things that you would ordinarily notice unless you've seen "DAtM" half a dozen times or more, plus it's not something that detracts from the overall presentation of the movie or its storyline. One last note...you'll probably notice Neville Brand right off as one of the Indians. It's not Brand's first time playing an Indian and he does a pretty good job of it too. You might remember Neville Brand as the "Reese" character in "Laredo", which is the Texas Rangers series which ran during the late 1960's. Enjoy!
January 1, 2009 Subject:
It wasn't bad
It was on the predictable side, but over-all enjoyable if you like a bit of romance in between flaming arrows and tomahawks.